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Friday, December 17, 2010

Acting Right

11:19 AM |

How to enter a room...

This is something that has annoyed me for a very long time. So I have complied a list of things that you should be at least conscious of when entering a room, a building, a hallway, etc.

1. Get off the phone.
When you are about to enter a room or a building, any phone conversation should be wrapped up as to not disturb those in the building or the room. At the very least you should consider placing your caller on hold until you enter the room and observe the situation or lower your voice while continuing your conversation. This way you don't disturb anyone that may already be in there. Many times you are going someplace that would require you to interact with other people. It's common courtesy to end your phone call, handle your business, then call the person back.

2. Use your inside voice.
There is no need to shout or be loud in a hallway, room or building. I am standing less than 5 inches from you. I can hear you. If someone is at the end of the hallway and you need to get their attention, you can attempt to speak louder, but you should never yell. Speed up your pace until you catch up with them. If you miss them, then you miss them. You'll catch up with them later.

3. Be aware of your surroundings.
Notice where you are at all times. Are you in front of your boss' office? Entering a classroom with the lights off and projector on? Are you entering a common space where someone is speaking over a microphone, possibly doing a presentation to an audience? Modify your behavior accordingly. If you have to take your conversation to another area as to not disturb what is going on in the room/area you've just entered then do so. Don't be rude.

4. If the door is closed, it's closed for a reason.
If a door is closed, that could be an indication that you are not supposed to enter at that time. You may have to ask for permission to enter the room or notify that you are attempting to enter with a knock. Either way there is a reason for the door to be closed and you should not just roll up in there without invitation, notification, or politeness. Also, if you enter a room where the door is closed, be sure to close it behind you unless you are prompted to leave it open.

5. Never barge into a room. Enter it.
Just don't be rude, be respectful and be aware of where you are, who you are with and adjust your behavior accordingly.


Anonymous said...

Il semble que vous soyez un expert dans ce domaine, vos remarques sont tres interessantes, merci.

- Daniel

Miss_A said...

I hope this translated correctly: It appears that you are an expert in this field, your remarks are very interesting, thank you. I'll see if my translator works but

@Daniel: Je ne peux pas dire que je suis un expert, mais j'essaie juste d'être respectueux où que je sois. J'espère qu'en partageant mes pensées que d'autres seront en mesure de partager leurs pensées et nous pouvons tous commencer à parler et à devenir plus la compréhension de l'autre. Je vous remercie beaucoup.

It's probably wrong but hey, it was worth a shot! Thanks for commenting!